Can we all just agree that unless you're a frat boy (or girl), green beer belongs nowhere near your lips on St. Patrick's Day? Because there really are so many other ways to celebrate the holiday, not to mention far more appealing methods of sipping a green beverage.
To prove our point, we created three delicious alternatives to green beer. And just to prove it could be done, we also avoided that other St. Pat's cocktail crutch, Midori (a green melon liqueur).
This bracing cocktail also is delicious cut with seltzer and served as a spritzer. Or add ice to the blender and turn it into a frozen Irish margarita.
Start to finish: 10 minutes
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons honey
2 sprigs fresh mint, leaves only
2 large basil leaves
1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a cocktail glass with a couple of ice cubes.
Start to finish: 15 minutes
3 tomatillos, husked and roughly chopped
Zest and juice of 2 limes
2 sprigs cilantro, plus more to garnish
1/2 very ripe avocado
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon horseradish
2 ounces vodka
1/4 cup water
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Hot sauce, to taste
1 stalk celery, to serve
In a blender, combine the tomatillos, lime zest and juice, cilantro, avocado, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, vodka and water. Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass with ice, then garnish with celery and cilantro.
Start to finish: 10 minutes
1 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
1 ounce green creme de menthe liqueur
1 ounce clear creme de cacoa liqueur
1/2 cup whole milk
Finely chopped Andes chocolate mint candies, to garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake together the Bailey's, creme de menthe, creme de cacoa and milk. Moisten the rim of a double old fashioned glass with the cocktail mixture, then dip the rim in the chopped candies to coat the rim. Strain the drink into the glass.
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DO: Kate Middleton
The Duchess looked stunning at a 2012 St. Patrick’s Day parade in Aldershot in an elegant green dress coat and an Irish Guards brooch that belonged to the Queen Mother -- so beautiful, in fact, that she <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2116328/St-Patricks-Day-2012-parade-Duchess-Cambridge-Kate-Middleton-presents-shamrocks-guardsmen.html">caused a soldier to faint. </a>
DON'T: Holly Madison
The famous playmate celebrated at<a href="http://www.starpulse.com/news/Kevin_Blair/2010/03/18/holly_madison_got_lucky_on_st_patricks"> O'Sheas Casino in Las Vegas</a> for St Patty's in 2010 in a festive (and very revealing) outfit. Unless you're a Playboy bunny, this is definitely what NOT to wear on St. Patrick's day.
DO: Jennifer Lawrence
Now here's how you do cleavage right: Jennifer Lawrence attended a Hunger Games screening in March 2012 in this plunging dark green number. It may still be a bit much for St Patty's, but there's no denying that Lawrence looks incredible.
DON'T: Avril Lavigne
Avril went the acid green route with this very loud ensemble, but we don't necessarily recommend matching your hair colour to your outfit.
DO: Drew Barrymore
Barrymore rocked an olive green tank, paired with a distressed leather jacket and black denims -- casual, cool and perfect for St. Patty's.
DON'T: Katy Perry
Who could forget Katy Perry's red carpet dress at the 2013 Grammys -- or rather, who could forget that eye-popping boob window. While we encourage copying Katy's red carpet colour, boob windows should be avoided at all costs on St. Patty's -- and in life.
DO: Sandrah Oh
The "Grey's Anatomy" star looked every bit of a Grecian goddess in this dark emerald draped dress she wore on February 1, 2013 to the NAACP Image Awards.
DON'T: Nicki Minaj
St. Patrick's day is certainly a riotous affair, but Nicki's outfit borders on crazy.
DO: Jessica Alba
Cute, casual and chic: we loved the mint green pants Jessica Alba was seen wearing for the St. Patty's day season in March 2012.
DO: Freida Pinto
Freida Pinto was spotted on February 18, 2013 embracing three of this Spring's hottest trends -- emerald green, peplum, and neon -- while managing to pull it all off effortlessly.
DO: Olivia Munn
Va-va-voom! Olivia Munn's green Michael Kors dress from the Spring 2013 collection hugs her in all the right places.
DON'T: Paris Hilton
Paris <a href="http://ca.eonline.com/news/356887/paris-hilton-s-12-sexiest-halloween-costumes">certainly likes to play dress-up</a>, but compared to some of her other crazy ensembles, this outfit she wore for St Patrick's Day 2009 almost gets a pass -- almost. One too many accessories and a crazy tiara later, and the look is confusing, not cute.
DO: Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams looked lovely in an understated, olive ruched dress she wore at the Madrid photo call for Morning Glory in January 2011.
In a rare fashion misstep, Rihanna wore a teal-coloured top and matching wide-legged, ankle-length pants for her fragrance launch in 2011. Moral of the story: beware green feathers.
DO: Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker sported a Marc by Marc Jacobs Michaela Silk Dress on the set of 'I Don’t Know How She Does It' in New York City in August, 2011.
DON'T: Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga wore a green leather dress and heels, with matching long green locks back in June 2011. When asked about her ensemble, Gaga responded she wore it 'for liberation and for the environment.' Riiight.